Randy Orton Didn't Like Riddle When He First Met Him At WWE Raw
"I didn't like Riddle, and it was because of that little scenario. One little incident."
Randy Orton has revealed a moment of perceived disrespect towards him from Riddle meant he did not like the guy after first meeting him in WWE.
Orton and Riddle have formed one of WWE's oddest new tag-teams, beating Shelton Benjamin and Cedric Alexander this past week on Raw, having faced off in singles action last week.
The Viper, while saying he 'loves' Riddle now, admits he had a problem with the former NXT superstar after he appeared to blank him during their first meeting backstage at Raw.
Speaking on The Kurt Angle Show, Orton said: "The funny thing with Riddle is when I first met him, we were in Miami. The entire locker room of NXT was in Miami. So now our locker rooms, which aren't the biggest, are now jam-packed with NXT guys, who aren't working the show, but you know, in the wrestling business, you bring your gear to the show. You are always prepared, brother, and so, you got all these NXT guys with all their sh**, taking up all the space in the locker room.
"Me, especially being a vet, being around for a while, and I see this, and now I already got a hard-on for these guys, right? So, it doesn't help when I walk by Matt Riddle, and my olive branch was basically me all looking at Matt, and I just said, I go, 'Oh, there he is, there he is!' Just kind of icebreaker, expecting maybe a, 'Oh, hey Randy. My name is Matt; nice to meet you.'
"But instead, Matt just kind of barely, you know, with the bloodshot eyes glanced over at me, he is just like, and he just kept walking. I remember thinking, 'that motherf****r'.
"So, for quite a while, I didn't like Riddle, and it was because of that little scenario. One little incident. And it wasn't even an incident. It's just I took it as a lack of respect, and when you come back there, and your brand new, and no one knows you, you want to introduce yourself because we are a band of brothers. I have got to trust you with my body in that ring. And you, the same. You've got to trust me. We should probably make an introduction at some point. We should probably shoot the sh** a little bit, and so, back to Matt Riddle, I love the guy now."
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